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Biochemistry Students Present at an International Meeting for the Protein Society


Senior biochemistry students from Dr. Larry R. Masterson’s lab, Megan Culp, Mark Volker, and Lauren Sparks recently presented their individual research findings at the 28th Annual Symposium of the Protein Society in San Diego, California.

The trio has been conducting undergraduate student research, supported by the chemistry department endowed funds. Each student was also given the opportunity to present his or her findings at the prestigious international event through the travel funds provided by the department of chemistry. They represented Hamline University very well, with Culp securing an award for Best Undergraduate Poster Presentation, while Volker and Sparks each won competitive travel awards from the organization, the Finn World Travel Award.

Volker (Ron Mitsch Scholarship recipient) presented his findings on the enzymatic degradation of the pharmaceutical drug, Rohynol, under conditions of misuse, while Culp (Sautner Award recipient) and Sparks (Beggs Scholar) each presented posters on the mechanism of protein misfolding in relation to Alzheimer’s disease. All three students will be graduating in May of 2015.